|Education||St. Stephen's College, Delhi|
Magdalen College, Oxford
St Antony's College, Oxford
|Occupation||Journalist, news anchor|
|Face The Nation|
|Spouse(s)||Rajdeep Sardesai (m. 1994)|
|Family||Dilip Sardesai (father-in-law)|
|Website||Sagarika Ghose's Blog|
Sagarika Ghose (born 8 November 1964) is an Indian journalist, news anchor and author.. She is also a columnist and describes herself as a popular philosopher. She has been a journalist since 1991 and has worked at The Times Of India, Outlook and The Indian Express. She was the deputy editor and a prime time anchor on the news network CNN-IBN. Ghose has won several awards in journalism and is the author of two novels as well as the best selling biography of Indira Gandhi, "Indira, India's Most Powerful Prime Minister." The biography is slated to be made into a film. She has recently published a new book, 'Why I Am A Liberal. A Manifesto For Indians Who Believe in Individual Freedom.' In this latest book, Ghose describes herself as a liberal who believes in rule of law, limited government, robust institutions and individual liberty. Ghose propounds the thesis that although the republic of India was founded as a liberal democracy in 1947, subsequent Indian governments throughout the post-Independence period have sought to attack individual liberty and vastly increase the powers of the government or the powers of what she calls the Indian 'Big State'. Ghose resigned as deputy editor of CNN-IBN in July 2014. She is now consulting editor at The Times of India.
Ghose received her bachelor's degree in History from St. Stephen's College, Delhi. A recipient of the Rhodes Scholarship in 1987, she has a Bachelor's in Modern History from Magdalen College and an M.Phil. from St Antony's College, Oxford. Since 1991, she has worked at The Times Of India, Outlook magazine and The Indian Express and was deputy editor and prime time anchor on the news network CNN-IBN.
She is the daughter of Bhaskar Ghose, formerly of the Indian Administrative Service 1960 batch, erstwhile Director General of Doordarshan, the Indian public television network. Her two aunts include Arundhati Ghose, former ambassador and diplomat and Ruma Pal, former justice of the Supreme Court of India. She is married to journalist and news anchor Rajdeep Sardesai. Rajdeep and Sagarika have two children, son Ishan, and daughter Tarini.
Ghose has been a journalist since 1991 and has worked at The Times Of India, Outlook magazine and The Indian Express. In 2004 she became the first woman to host Question Time India. She was the deputy editor and a prime time anchor on the news network CNN-IBN. Her writings and broadcasts have earned her popularity and also criticism from right-wing viewers. Ghose resigned from CNN-IBN on 5 July 2014 after the network was acquired by the Mukesh Ambani-led Reliance Industries ltd. She was deputy editor of the channel.
Sri Sri Ravi Shankar interview incident
In a show on 9 November 2011, Ghose introduced Hindu spiritual leader Sri Sri Ravi Shankar as "joining us tonight" and asked him several questions, contradicting and criticising his answers. Whenever Ravi Shankar was on screen, "CNN-IBN Live" was shown on the video feed. However, Ravi Shankar was interviewed earlier that day, and his statements were edited and presented as answers to Ghose's live questions. When this was criticised Ghose cited "technical issues", before she and CNN-IBN later gave a formal apology.
Awards and honors
Her show Question Time Didi, an audience based interaction with West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee and students, from which Banerjee famously stormed out mid-way, received the NT Award for Best Public Debate Show in 2013. She was awarded the Gr8-ITA award for Excellence in Journalism in 2009. Ghose was awarded an Excellence in Journalism Award (Aparajita Award) from FICCI Ladies Organisation in 2005. In 2012 she received the CF Andrews Award for Distinguished Alumnus from St Stephen's College. In 2013, Ghose received the ITA Best Anchor Award from the Indian Television Academy (ITA). In 2014, The Rhodes Project included Ghose on a list of 13 famous women Rhodes Scholars.. In 2017 Ghose was awarded the C.H.Mohammed Koya National Award for journalism.
Ghose is the author of two novels, The Gin Drinkers, published in 1998, and Blind Faith, in 2004. Ghose published the non-fiction Why I Am a Liberal in 2018. The Gin Drinkers was also published in the Netherlands.. Ghose published a widely acclaimed biography of former Indian Prime Minister Indira Gandhi, 'Indira-India's Most Powerful Prime Minister' (Juggernaut Books) in 2017.
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